Monday, April 27, 2015

Curious Love Splash

Text Art piece by Paul Conneally - Cultural Forager

Curious Love Splash

world summit to bring you weapons

a big fan not just of peace

these women never die grubby

once upon a future true heroes

finding joy in the gathering

curious love splash

blood and conservation make a bright ballet

seasonal monotone delights

poetic train giving tourists new voice

hand in hand a biting of words

Paul Conneally

11th april 2005

this shreadline piece was originally entitled 'a biting of words'' it was created out of cut up headlines from 'culture' a magazine funded by the uk arts council given away with tyneside newspaper 'the journal'

the artist picked his copy up in the swallow hotel newcastle-upon-tyne

the tuesday after easter 2005

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Trees Spreading Their Arms



Two women sit on one of the water drop shaped metal benches in Thurmaston made by sculptor Richard Thornton with a haiku fragment written during the Charnwood Arts project The Sound Of Water workshops that I led with massive support from Jemma Bagley. The words we decided upon are laser cut into the bench, in fact they are cut out of the bench.

The words that these young Muslim women sit on are 'trees spreading their arms'. I'd like to feel that our communities across Charnwood are like these trees, spreading their arms to welcome new members into them, wherever they are from.



Paul Conneally
April 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Car Wash



her hand on his knee
huge brushes spin 
against the windscreen

Paul Conneally
April 22 2015

Photo: Car Wash Shelthorpe Loughborough UK

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maurice Maguire


Maurice Maguire - artist - curator - cultural geographer

Photo: Paul Conneally

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Queen's Park, Loughborough


Queen's Park, Loughborough,UK
Paul Conneally
April 22 2015

Eddie Izzard hits the Labour Party campaign trail in Loughborough


Matthew O'Callaghan and Eddie Izzard in Loughborough Market Place UK

Comedian Eddie Izzard hit the streets of Loughborough in the heart of England to show his support for local Labour Party candidate Matthew O'Callaghan in the UK's 2015 general election.

O'Callaghan could oust sitting Tory MP, Nicky Morgan, from the Loughborough seat which she holds with just a 3,700 majority at the moment. Izzard urged everyone in Loughborough to get out and vote and when they do to vote Labour, vote O'Callaghan.

Izzard is touring the whole of the UK supporting the Labour Party. He volunteered to do the tour to show his personal support for Labour.

Loughborough was bathed in sunshine for Matthew and Eddie's town centre walkabout and they both stopped to have selfies taken with locals out shopping and workers from local shops and businesses.

Paul Conneally

April 22 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Fixture


spring fixture
a fan hands a policeman
an ice-cream

Paul Conneally
King Power Stadium
Leicester 2014

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints



Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints, came out of my work as haiku poet in residence at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in 2002.

The book publishes poems written by a wide range of participants alongside the Japanese woodblock prints that inspired them.

It was a joy to work with the museum staff and participants over my time with the exhibition and particularly with fellow poet Alan Summers who worked with me in the selection of the poems to be published from the hundreds that were written.

Paul Conneally
April 2014

Kings 3 Cafe - Kings Norton


'Kings 3 Cafe'
Paul Conneally
The Fold, Kings Norton, UK

Friday, April 17, 2015

Carpet Talk


Carpet Talk
Paul Conneally
Beaumont Leys
Leicester
April 2015

Kerb and Tyre Mark - The Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York Group April 2015



The collating / collaging of Colin Murphy and Paul Conneally's long series of photos of the IP kerb and tyre mark by the Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York group and we are back with John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg and their 'Automobile Tire Print - 1953' where Cage made a voluntary tire print for Rauschenberg by driving a car with paint on its wheels along a strip of stuck together sheets of paper - our tyre mark was involuntarily made by some driver or another and spotted by Colin Murphy opposite New Parks Library.


'Automobile Tire Print' Robert Rauschenberg 1953

'Involuntary Painting' is a term first coined in this context by New York based artist Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with British artist and poet Paul Conneally.

'Imagine an alien lands on Earth with all the knowledge of modern painting but never having seen one. What might they mistake for a painting as they walk around?'

'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' is a project / work conceived by Hughes and Conneally for and with Soft Touch Arts,New Parks Library and local community adults and children in Leicester UK. The project received support from Arts Council England and Leicester City Council.


Members of the 'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' work to collage the Involuntary Painting photo series of a kerb and tyre mark by Paul Conneally and Colin Murphy

Leicester April 15 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Albion Inn - Loughborough



The Albion Inn, Loughborough

The Albion Inn is a traditional English canal side pub.

It's on the canal bank in the heart of Loughborough. To get to it by car requires driving up a single track road along the canal bank itself. Not for the faint hearted at night.

It's a small pub. It doesn't come with many frills.

The pub generally has four ales on sale and food available most days at lunch and in the early evening.

Paul Conneally
April 2015

Captain America

Captain America
Paul Conneally
Loughborough
2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spider-Man in Loughborough



Spider-Man in Loughborough
The independent supermarket franchise, Nisa, has taken over the only pub in Shelthorpe, Loughborough, The Hunters Moon, and turned it into a shop. Today they were out touting for business with men dressed as Spider-Man standing on Park Road waving to the passing traffic.

Paul Conneally
Loughborough
April 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

SAVAGE NUNEATON - Colin Murphy 2015



'SAVAGE NUNEATON' - Colin Murphy 2015

'SAVAGE NUNEATON' is a frottage piece by Colin Murphy made as part of Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York in New Parks, Leicester.

The piece is one of a number of pieces made by the IP1NPNY group during a session where they met through artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally, the work of Max Ernst, then explored and identified 'involuntary paintings' in the area around Aikman Avenue shops in New Parks, near New Parks Library where the group is based, then making frottage, rubbings, of and from them.

The works were made on the day before King Richard III was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral and are collectively called 'The King Richard III Municipal Services Memorial Collection'. Many of the memorial collection feature sewerage manhole covers and other service access plates.

It is a voluntary artwork out of a feature initially identified as an 'involuntary painting'.

The New Parks community involuntary painting group is linked with a group of artists in New York who exchange comments and encouragement with them via the internet.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York is a project conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York, USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough, UK) with and for Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library with support from Arts Council England.

Note: Involuntary Painting is a term invented and coined for use in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Paul Conneally:

'If an alien landed on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of modern art and painting what might they as they wandered around mistake for a painting?'

These mistakes are what Hughes and Conneally call 'involuntary paintings'. Surfaces and objects marked by time, mould, human and natural activity as stand-ins for the pigment, ground, support etc of voluntary painting, voluntary art.

April 2014

Monday, April 06, 2015

Post-War Ceramic Tile Mural St Aidan's Church New Parks Leicester



This mural, our New Parks mural at Saint Aidan’s Church, showing the story of St Aidan, is truly a hidden treasure. Leicester has rightly been excited at the discovery of King Richard III and his reburial in Leicester Cathedral and all the time we have had this King, King Oswald, and a Saint, Saint Aidan, weaving their magic through the great ceramic tile maker and muralist William Gordon. The mural was designed in 1958 and installed in 1959 when the church, designed by architect Sir Basil Spence, who also designed the famous Coventry Cathedral, was completed.

When great culture is sited in over looked or looked down on, working class communities and housing estates it becomes sometimes invisible, it’s worth negated.

Here we see members of the 'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' group standing by the mural, one of the greatest surviving post-war tiled ceramic murals in the country.

http://www.c20society.org.uk/murals-campaign/17-william-gordon-ceramic-tile-mural-1959/

After visiting the mural and viewing it, mediated by a photograph of an involuntary painting sent specially to the group, along with a video message, from New York based photographer and artist, Lucien Samaha, the group returned to New Parks Library to decorate tiles of their own.

The New Parks community involuntary painting group is linked with a group of artists in New York who exchange comments and encouragement with them via the internet.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York is a project conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York, USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough, UK) with and for Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library with support from Arts Council England and Leicester City Learning Services PSHE and Citizenship Advisory Service (PCAS)

Note: Involuntary Painting is a term invented and coined for use in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Paul Conneally:

'If an alien landed on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of modern art and painting what might they as they wandered around mistake for a painting?'

These mistakes are what Hughes and Conneally call 'involuntary paintings'. Surfaces and objects marked by time, mould, human and natural activity as stand-ins for the pigment, ground, support etc of voluntary painting, voluntary art.

April 2015

Sunday, April 05, 2015

REDIFFUSION - Mandy Pegg 2015



REDIFFUSION - Mandy Pegg 2015

REDIFFUSION is a frottage piece made by Mandy Pegg as part of 'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' in New Parks, Leicester, March, 2015.

It forms part of The King Richard III Municipal Covers Memorial Collection produced by the New Parks contingent of IP1NPNY after first engaging with works by Max Ernst. The IP1NPNY project also includes a group of artists in New York who exchange comments, involuntary paintings found in New York and encouragement with and for the New Parks group.

'REDIFFUSION' is a frottage piece, a series of rubbings essentially of service covers for cable television services. It is not merely a straight rubbing, Mandy Pegg chooses to place two rubbings together and to use more than one colour wax, red and black. We see the 'RED' of 'REDIFUSION' highlighted in red over the black. It is a voluntary artwork out of features, metal service covers, initially identified as an 'involuntary painting'.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York is a project conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York, USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough, UK) with and for Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library with support from Arts Council England.

Note: Involuntary Painting is a term invented and coined for use in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Paul Conneally:

'If an alien landed on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of modern art and painting what might they as they wandered around mistake for a painting?'

These mistakes are what Hughes and Conneally call 'involuntary paintings'. Surfaces and objects marked by time, mould, human and natural activity as stand-ins for the pigment, ground, support etc of voluntary painting, voluntary art.

April 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Half-Time Chatter



Before the match a burger and a programme are essentials.

Getting the burger and the programme mixed up would be a disaster.

A mouthful of the first eleven centrefold is unpalatable and no matter how strong your spectacles, making literary sense of a beef burger is nigh on impossible.

half-time chatter
a missed penalty
and a repeating gherkin

Paul Conneally
The King Power Stadium
Leicester April 2015

ROAD OSWALD ST - Carl Alex Tincknell



'ROAD OSWALD ST' - Carl Alex Tincknell 2015

'ROAD OSWALD ST' is a frottage piece by Carl Alex Tincknell made as part of Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York in New Parks, Leicester.

The piece is one of a number of pieces made by the IP1NPNY group during a session where they met the work of Max Ernst, explored and identified 'involuntary paintings' in the area around Aikman Avenue shops in New Parks, near New Parks Library where the group is based, and then made frottage, rubbings, of and from them.

The works were made on the day before King Richard III was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral and are collectively called 'The King Richard III Municipal Services Memorial Collection'. Many of the memorial collection feature sewerage manhole covers and other service access plates. This particular work 'OSWALD ROAD ST' is from the road sign for St Oswald's Road directly opposite New Parks Library. On maps, and when people speak of this road it is as St Oswald's Road but the road sign is missing an 'S' hence just 'OSWALD'. Carl decided to alter the order of the words during the rubbing, the frottage process and to move it from an horizontal to a vertical reading.

It is a voluntary artwork out of a feature initially identified as an 'involuntary painting'.

The New Parks community involuntary painting group is linked with a group of artists in New York who exchange comments and encouragement with them via the internet.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York is a project conceived by artists Millree Hughes (New York, USA) and Paul Conneally (Loughborough, UK) with and for Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library with support from Arts Council England.

Note: Involuntary Painting is a term invented and coined for use in this context by Millree Hughes and further developed by Hughes with Paul Conneally:

'If an alien landed on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of modern art and painting what might they as they wandered around mistake for a painting?'

These mistakes are what Hughes and Conneally call 'involuntary paintings'. Surfaces and objects marked by time, mould, human and natural activity as stand-ins for the pigment, ground, support etc of voluntary painting, voluntary art.

April 2015